Wandering through southeast London’s Peckham neighborhood is a sensory journey. The fresh fruits and vibrant colors in the open markets, the music spilling out onto the street, and cuisine brought from all over the world make it a ‘yes’ on the must-see list. If you’re searching for an offbeat British Famous scene, here are our top picks for Peckham.
CLF Art Café
This 120-year-old, four-level warehouse space is perfect for a night out, especially in the summer. There's always something different happening on every floor in the CLF Art Café - you can dance your way from disco to hip hop to reggae in under 5 minutes. They also host epic soul nights that take place three times a month. During the day, the café hosts theatre acts, comedy sets, art shows, and more, and be sure to visit Rye Wax in the basement which sells records, comics, books, tacos and cocktails.
South London Gallery
The South London Gallery is an internationally known contemporary art space. More importantly, it’s been free to the public since 1891. It was opened to ‘bring art to the people of south London’ – and they’re still keeping that promise.
Canavan’s Pool Hall and Bar
This retro club has affordable drinks, pool and ping-pong tables, and a dance floor where you can impress everyone with the latest American moves until 4 am (remember, most pubs here close at 11 pm). If you’re really feeling into the throwback vibe, dressing like you’re still living in the ‘90s is encouraged.
Come for one thing and one thing only: jaw-dropping views of London. Of course art, food, and drink options are available, too.
This outdoor bar and gallery space, next to Peckham Rye Station, has what’s quite possibly the best value cocktails in the whole of London. Their frozen cocktails are the perfect answer to a hot summer evening. Every week, they also invite the best independent food traders to set up shop. Good food, good drinks, even better art, music and atmosphere – it literally has all of the things.
Persepolis brings the best flavors of Middle Eastern and Levantine (East Mediterranean) cooking to South-East London. It also clearly is addicted to all things East. It serves up a pretty perfect breakfast and lunch, but you could always skip right over that and order a decadent Turkish delight sundae complete with slivers of halva and saffron ice cream and drizzled with rose cordial.
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Cover Photo: CLF Art Café